Since a recent move to Squamish, BC for post-secondary education my road riding has become a little bit limited in comparison to places like Vancouver. While spending long hours on the trainer is definitely something that has happened this winter, it is usually not my first choice for how to get my training in. Nordic Skiing has taken a really welcome introduction into my training plan.
The “islanders” of Trek Red Truck Racing, both veteran, and rookie, made their way to Swartz Bay Ferry terminal early on Saturday morning; each of them with thoughts of adventurous winter welcoming on their minds. The first team meeting of the year was about to take place: for some, a looked-forward-to ritual that allows close teammates to reconnect, for others, an exciting adventure filled with anticipation and opportunity to finally reveal what’s in store.
This past weekend Brian Green, and Johnny Halliday were able to get out for a great fall ride. Living in Squamish now, my options for road riding are pretty limited. It was really nice to be down in the city with some good company riding some new roads.
People always ask “How was Road Worlds!?” and it’s pretty hard to sum up the trip in one or two sentences. Having never been out of North America, going to Norway was overwhelming. The culture, cars, architecture, people, and the roads are all different than what I am used to.
Bergan Norway has to be, by far, one of the most beautiful places I have raced my in bike so far. What an incredible learning opportunity and experience.
Abitibi was one of the big races this year that I was really looking forward to, and it did not disappoint. With about 150 starters and a week-long stage race, not many guys have done anything comparable. The one thing that made Abitibi even more amazing was that I was racing with the national team, which was my goal at the start of the season. Being able to represent my country at an international event was a dream come true.
For me, I can attain success by doing the little things right. This past Junior Road nationals was incredible. I can truly say that I went into all of my races and left everything I had out on the road. I didn't win, but I sure didn't loose.
The second Tour de Delta crit in Ladner was another perfect Superweek night. The squad was amped and ready to put in another good race after the chaotic crit the night before in Delta. Everybody was relaxed hanging out before the race at the tent, eating sloppy sandwiches (Brendan) and getting ready for the fast flat crit on the newly repaved crit course.
The Tour de White Rock road race takes place as the last and most likely the hardest of the BC Super week races. 130 kilometres up and down the steep and technical streets of White Rock B.C with a fast field, this was sure to be a hard race.
Before we even got to the start line of the junior men’s road race there were a couple things I knew were for sure going to happen. A lot of guys would try to go for a breakaway, the race was going to be a bit sketchy, and I had to race smart since I was solo.
The Junior Men’s Criterium, the event that I was looking forward to the most, besides the road race. Having won the title last year, I was so determined to defend it and go two for two. I hadn’t podiumed yet at Nationals so anything I had left had to go into this criterium.
After a silver medal at the Provincial TT championships I was hungry to really give it all I had for the National TT. Lots of hours and intervals on the TT bike prepping for this event was essential.
The last race of the Canadian National Road Championships was the criterium, held in old town Aylmer, Quebec. The course is a technical one, with many corners, and with a fast downhill stretch and an uphill finishing drag.
This years’ Nationals road race was once again on a short, crit-like circuit in downtown Ottawa, partly within sight of the parliament buildings. For the elite men’s race we traded the sweltering heat and humidity of last year for much cooler temperatures and intermittent thunderstorms.
For the second year in a row, Canadian Road Nationals took place in Ottawa/Gatineau. The time trial was in Gatineau and it was the same course as last year. As I rode this course as a junior last year, I was familiar with how challenging it was. The difference this year was that I was now competing in the U23/Elite category which meant that the distance of the time trial was 10 km
Canadian Road Nationals were off to a brisk start for Holly, Gabby, and myself. The Elite women raced an aggressive 120km in the classic heat and humidity of Ottawa. The course was combination of highway riding with a crit portion around the start finish.
We waited in anticipation under the shelter of the trees for the road race to get underway. About 15 min after the first group set out - elite men - we would roll out over the gravel parking lot. The day started at 36 degrees, it was a hot one.
My first elite TT Provincials, my first 40km Time Trial, and my first race on my sweet new Trek Speed Concept! All in all, I am happy with how the day went. It was a very hot one out in the farmlands of Langley, and the TRT racers were getting ready for a slog of a TT.
Both the Men and Women’s teams looked to continue their American stage race success this weekend at the Mutual of Enumclaw. The stage race packs a Merckx style TT, an evening crit and a tough road race into a two-day event.
With Tour de Bloom being the first stage race of the year everyone was excited to head down to Washington to test the waters in the American Pro 1/2 field. Paired with the beautiful countryside of Wenatchee and warm weather, we couldn’t wait to race.